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Freezone in the UAE, are special economic trade zones that offer 100% Ownership and Tax Exemptions to foreign & expatriate investors in the country.

Companies within the UAE Mainland require the involvement of an Emirati national, either taking on the role of a Local Partner or Service Agent. Freezone’s provide investors an alternative, allowing them to setup their businesses in Dubai with 100% rights.

With about 37 freezones in the UAE, investors can choose the one’s that fit their business activity requirements and financial budget.

Setting up a Freezone entitles you to: 

  • 100% Ownership
  • To open a Bank Account in Dubai
  • 100% Confidentiality
  • 100% Tax Exemption
  • Engage in business internationally
  • Trade freely within their own Freezone and other freezones within the UAE
  • Lease Property

THE PROCESS FOR COMPANY FORMATION OF FREEZONES:

Each Freezone has its own requirements for setting up under them, however, the basic process remains as below:

  • Selecting the right legal structure within the Freezone:
    • Freezone Company Establishment (FZE)
    • Freezone Company (FZC)
    • Branch Office
  • Determining the type of license required for business activity:
    • Commercial License
    • General Trading License
    • Consultancy License
    • Industrial License
    • Trading License
  • Finding appropriate Freezone that offers the business activity and license your setup requires
  • Finding office / desk spaces and other facilities within Freezone
  • Understanding the costs and fees involved in setup
  • Creating Business Plan for proposed business in Freezone
  • Submitting application to concerned Freezone authority
  • Making payment to Freezone authority on securing approvals
  • Signing agreements and receiving license for your newly formed Freezone company.

Read more about the pros & cons of Freezone setups, to find out if it is the right option for you. 

List of Freezones in UAE:

Abu Dhabi

  • Abu Dhabi Airport Free Zone (ADAFZ)
  • ADPC – Khalifa Port and Industrial Zone (KPIZ)
  • Twofour54
  • Industrial City of Abu Dhabi
  • Higher Corporation for Specialized Economic Zones
  • Masdar City Free Zone

Dubai

  • Dubai Academic City
  • Dubai Airport Free Zone
  • Dubai Biotechnology & Research Park (DuBiotech)
  • Dubai Car and Automotive City Free Zone (DUCAMZ)
  • Dubai Gold and Diamond Park
  • Dubai Healthcare City
  • Dubai Industrial City (DIC)
  • Dubai International Academic City
  • Dubai International Financial Centre
  • Dubai Internet City (DIC)
  • Dubai Knowledge Village
  • Dubai Logistics City
  • Dubai Media City
  • Dubai Multi Commodities Centre or Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone
  • Dubai Outsource Zone
  • Dubai Silicon Oasis
  • Dubai Studio City
  • Dubai Techno Park
  • Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone
  • International Media Production Zone
  • Jebel Ali Free Zone
  • Economic Zones World

Sharjah

  • Hamriyah Free Zone
  • Sharjah Airport International Free Zone
  • U.S.A. Regional Trade Center (USARTC) Free Zone

Ajman 

  • Ajman Free Zone

Ras Al Khaimah

  • RAK Investment Authority Free Zone
  • Ras Al Khaimah Free Trade Zone
  • Ras Al Khaimah Media Free Zone

Fujairah

  • Fujairah Free Zone
  • Fujairah Creative City

Umm Al Quwain

  • Umm Al Quwain Free Trade Zone (UAQFTZ)

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